- He stated before the game that the starters (at least that day's starters) would play the entire game. This is good; it makes sure that cold bats aren't introduced into the game late just for the sake of giving people face time.
- He stated before the game that Roger Clemens would pitch for his full alloted 65 pitches (he actually threw 58...close enough, especially given the game situation), rather than simply pulling him at the third inning like he did with Jake Peavy in game 1.
- He stuck with this plan, even after the game became a blow-out.
Edit: how could I forget to credit Junior with continuing to destroy the baseball. I replayed his first home run swing in the 2nd inning at least four times, and watched all the various replays by the broadcasters. He still has the most beautiful swing...